Time passed, I became a system administrator and most of my exposure to string matching was through scripts and sysadmin stuff automation. Automata are nice, but Perl and shell brought food to the table.
These memories surfaced because I got to read “Algorithms on Strings” in January thanks to Bill Gasarch. Complete, self-contained and with plain and well understood English, the book covers the subject fulfilling simultaneously the needs of those who want to just read the theory, those who want to see the proofs and those who just want to write code.
The pseudocode in the book is understood by anyone who has ever written a single program in C or Java. It either introduces new functions or makes use of others previously defined. This may make it a little difficult at first for people who need to write something described in, for example, chapter six and may find themselves reading from chapter one up to six. In this process the book manages to educate even the programmer who does not care about theory not only about how to do certain functions, but why they are done the way they are. As a plus, references to appropriate Unix shell tools (e.g. diff) are given when appropriate.
A really impressive book, definitely worth your time! A book that you can use both to learn about stuff and as a reference.